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Monthly Archives: April 2014

How to Reduce Hay and Silage Drying Time in the Field

Farmers, the ultimate high-stakes gamblers, walk a fine line — between too much and too little sun, too much and too little moisture. Nowhere is that fine line more evident than in the hayfield. Mother Nature gives no guarantees she will provide the optimum window of time for harvesting forage vegetation, whether for baling or read more…

Haymaking Mistakes Newbies and Hobby Farmers Should Avoid

Farming is hardly a precise science. Mother Nature can throw curves that even veteran haymakers can’t handle. But learning from the mistakes of others can go a long way to ensuring a successful first-year hay harvest, even for the hobby farmer. Hay Making Mistake: Choosing the Wrong Kind of Hay Inexperienced farmers are often tempted read more…

Pros and Cons of Using Renewable Solar or Wind Energy on Your Farm

Having the space for large wind turbines and solar panel assemblies, farms can be ideal sites for renewable energy systems. As a major electricity consumer — to pump water through irrigation systems, dry grain, run barn fans, cool dairy produce, etc. — the farmer has considerable interest in reducing steep monthly utility payments. Increasingly, American read more…

The Economics of Small Squares vs. Round Hay Bales

For hay producers, is the large round bale more economical than the small square? Because of all the variables involved, there’s no easy answer. Round Hay Bales Certainly, the big ton bales are increasingly popular among American hay farmers. The total equipment investment for producing round bales is typically less than for small bale production. read more…